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Communication on Climate Change
Co-Conveners: T. Cegnar , R. Benestad 
Oral Programme
 / Wed, 12 Sep, 15:30–18:00  / Room Aula
Summary
Climate change issues are debated heavily in the media since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is under attack and accused of being politicized or biased. This has changed the public perception on climate science, in some cases putting pressure on politicians to postpone or even cancel adaptation and mitigation measures. Although it is emphasized by the climate research community that the big picture is not affected by an error in the reporting of climate impacts, communicating the state-of-the-art knowledge on climate change is a difficult task. In particular, transferring knowledge on uncertainties on various time and spatial scales remains problematic.

In this session the focus is on various initiatives for assessing differences in views between mainstream scientists and climate skeptics, for publishing rebuttals in the peer review literature, and for organizing climate dialogues and debates. A panel discussion devoted to Communication on Climate Change with the speakers of this session will focus on the various initiatives to inform policy makers and the general public about the scientific findings as opposed to and triggered by the societal debate dominated by climate skeptics.